Stepping Stones Museum for Children Brings Exhibit to Calf Pasture Beach
Energize Connecticut Grant Allows Stepping Stones Museum for Children to Bring Red-Hot Summer Fun to Calf Pasture Beach
Norwalk, CT (PRWEB) July 12, 2013
Thanks to a generous grant from Energize Connecticut, an initiative dedicated to empowering Connecticut citizens to make smart energy choices, Stepping Stones Museum for Children and the City of Norwalk’s Recreation and Parks Department will be teaming up to bring a fun, exciting and free museum experience to the visitors at Calf Pasture Beach this summer. A new, seasonal addition to the beach’s recreational options, the museum’s Conservation Quest® Maze will be installed at Calf Pasture for visitors to explore. The Conservation Quest Maze will be at Calf Pasture Beach from Saturday, July 13 (weather dependent) through Labor Day, Monday, September 2. The Conservation Quest Maze is one of the energy exhibits and programs sponsored by Energize Connecticut in partnership with Connecticut Light & Power and United Illuminating.
Calf Pasture Beach is a natural jewel that has been enjoyed by generations of Norwalk residents. Responsible environmental practices will ensure that the beach remains that way. In keeping with a joint commitment to inspire children to become good environmental stewards, Stepping Stones and the Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department invite beach patrons to take a fun, interactive journey through the Conservation Quest Maze. The maze teaches children and families fun lessons about energy – what it is, where it comes from, how it’s used and why it’s so important to use it wisely. The 2,200-square-foot, visually-spectacular maze, which will be installed near the pavilions at the beach, shares facts and challenges visitors to take responsibility by using less energy. At the end of their journey, visitors are encouraged to make personal commitments to conserve energy, protect the planet and promote healthy living.
The Conservation Quest Maze:
- Explores energy use at home, in business, manufacturing and transportation
- Compares non-renewable and renewable sources of energy
- Presents ways to save with light bulbs, electricity and recycling
- Shows what happens to trash and offers solutions to reduce what ends up in landfills
- Examines energy-saving inventions and the future of energy.
“Thanks to the continued generosity of Energize Connecticut, we are able to bring the Conservation Quest Maze and its important energy conservation messages to Calf Pasture Beach,” said Rhonda Kiest, Executive Director of Stepping Stones Museum for Children. “We are excited and we hope beach visitors of all ages will find simple ways to become environmental stewards and make thoughtful choices about energy use. We are grateful to the City of Norwalk and its Recreation and Parks Department for their support as fantastic community partners and for hosting this important, interactive and fun museum experience at this very unique venue.”
The Conservation Quest Maze builds upon Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s commitment to energy conservation education and environmental responsibility and highlights its environmental initiatives, including a green roof, a wind turbine, rain gardens, the use of renewable resources in our building materials and much more. The museum is a LEED Gold certified building, meeting the nation’s strictest controls in environmental sustainability.
Since 2009, the Conservation Quest Maze has helped hundreds of thousands of children learn important energy conservation messages, inspiring them to make thoughtful choices about energy use to help protect the planet and promote healthy living. It has been touring schools, libraries, community centers, children’s museums, science centers and nature centers across the country. After its stay at Calf Pasture Beach, the Conservation Quest Maze will be heading to the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic. The maze will open at the Nature Center in September.
About Energize Connecticut
Energize Connecticut helps you save money and use clean energy. It is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority, the State, and your local electric and gas utilities, with funding from a charge on customer energy bills. Information on energy-saving programs can be found at EnergizeCT.com or by calling 1.877.WISE.USE.
About Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Connecticut, is an award-winning, private, non-profit 501(c)(3) children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children and families. Located on five acres in Mathews Park, the recently expanded LEED Gold certified museum encompasses five hands-on galleries, multimedia theater, Family and Teacher Resource Center, café and retail store. Stepping Stones also offers onsite educational events and workshops, school and group programs and traveling resources for schools, libraries and youth-serving organizations. Stepping Stones is located at 303 West Avenue, exit 14N or 15S off I-95 in Norwalk. Museum hours are Monday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information, please visit their website at: http://www.steppingstonesmuseum.org
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